The bulls have gotten off to a good start today following yesterday’s 1% drubbing on semi-inspiring U.S. economic news. Jobless Claims came in under 400,000 at 386,000 but up from last week’s print of 366,000. Wall Street was expecting 379,000. Despite the slight miss, this is the fourth-straight week claims have held under 400K which is considered the break-even level for jobs creation.
Elsewhere, Pending Home Sales were up over 7% as the Index came in at 100.1 for November, its highest level in nearly 20 months. This number can fluctuate because not all sales lead to closings but nonetheless it was a good sign that home buyers are starting to poke around for good deals.
The Dow is up 103 points to 12,254 while the S&P 500 is higher by 10 points to 1,259. The Nasdaq is showing a 19 point pop and is at 2,609.
We would love to see these levels hold and then Dow 12,350; S&P 1,275; and Nasdaq 2,650 on Friday but we also have downside targets we are watching.
There seems to be a split on where the market is headed for January with half the “pros” saying we are in for a bear market while the other half is betting on a bullish breakout. We are more on the bullish side but our portfolio is getting light as we wind down the year and WAIT for the market’s next move. We said this morning to stay light because the trading range could continue if the bulls hold support.
If there isn’t a breakout over the next month or two, and support fails, we aren’t nervous about a market pullback or selloff. We can make just as much profit from buying put options, but the possible trading range we continue to ride doesn’t have to be played unless you are selling options which is a new strategy we may introduce in 2012.
We have been talking about this 2-month range for weeks as we said it could be ongoing. The charts we went over in our video on Monday and in our Weekly Wrap showed the current range we are in and we outlined these “boxes” to give you a clearer picture.
The charts are still bullish and maybe the bulls will need another Bernanke rescue to break through resistance. However, we are keeping our eye to the downside on specific breaking points but until they are triggered, we will sit tight.
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We try not to gloat because the market can always humble you and the first 7 months were just as hard on us as we were flat coming into August. However, we had an incredible run where we hit on 44 out of 52 trades winning trades which allowed us to coast into year end.
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